their best chance of keeping their takeover bid in play is to go down this road. >> reporter: earlier, the deputy prime minister met with the family of the murdered schoolgirl, milly dowler. it was the revelation that the "news of the world" hacked into the girl's phone messages after she'd been abducted, that triggered the shutdown of the newspaper. the family repeated their call for the news international boss rebekah brooks, who edited the "news of the world" at the time, to resign. >> sreenivasan: in another development, scotland yard released a statement accusing unnamed individuals of trying to sabotage its investigation. part of that probe involves allegations that murdoch journalists paid bribes to police for information. rescuers in russia searched a huge reservoir on the volga river today, after a cruise boat sank on sunday. at least 55 people were killed, with 79 rescued and dozens more missing. it happened about 450 miles east of moscow, in windy, rainy conditions. the boat sank in just eight minutes. today, debris was visible in the water as search boats looked for victims and survivors. families stood by, hoping for news. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> woodruff: and we turn to africa where a nation is born, but with many troubles.